Throughout my life, I have been conscious of the admonition that we avoid 'vanity' and 'repetition' in praying. Consequently, one of my frequent petitions is that Heavenly Father will teach me to pray. On another note, I have always used the archaic familiar forms of 'thee', 'thou' and 'thy'. Many languages still use formal and informal (familiar) terms of addressing the second person. In those languages (in my own case I refer to the French), the informal is correctly used in addressing the Lord. I have come to the conclusion that the use of the archaic English terms now seems formal, to me, rather than informal (familiar). Consequently, in my personal prayers, I now frequently use the modern terms 'you' and 'your'. That seems to me to be more personal. Old habits, though, are hard to break, so frequently I still use the archaic terminology. However, in public prayers, I still use the archaic terms not wanting potentially to be a stumbling block for another.
I learned so much from this wonderful article about prayer. Thank you so much and I earnestly hope I can improve the yearnings of my heart each and every time I petition our Father in Heaven. I will indeed re-read and study Elder McConkie's conference talk!
I love this Bruce R. McConkie talk. I have always kept it close and have re-read it many times, yet I learned new things from this article. Thank you!
This article touched my heart and i pray will improve my prayer life
This is a beautiful article and sound advice. The prayer’s are the prayer’s of a Prophet. The wording is eloquent and expressive of an extremely knowledgeable person in the gospel. However, the every-day member whose wife is suffering and dying, whose children are struggling to make ends meet, who might have lost their job, or who might be going through a divorce or the myriads of other life’s difficulties, or might not be as conversive in the gospel, may have difficulty in expressing their prayer’s in this way By nature prayer becomes repetitive as each day one pray’s for the same problems as yesterday. Even in Church the prayers each Sunday are reflective of past prayers. I understand we need to show gratitude for our blessings. But the important thing is that our prayer’s come from our heart.
This article has had more impact on me than almost any other article you have printed. Thank you so much for being so specific in your examples of how to pray. I will follow your examples and expect to be closer to my Heavenly Father. Thank you again for your impact on me.
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